February Newsletter

Webinar Wednesday
February 14, 2018

"Becoming an Engineer"

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What does it take to become an engineer? Identity is all about how we see ourselves and where we fit in the world.  STEM career opportunities open up options for youth from all backgrounds. This webinar will introduce you to resources that can support your staff in helping youth learn about engineering careers, and help them see engineers as people like themselves who think critically, solve problems and help people.

January's Webinar Wednesday
"Coaching Staff -- An Impactful Approach to Staff Development"

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Learn how coaching can help your staff develop strategies to manage STEM learning experiences.  Click2Science coaching resources support staff in understanding how their setting, activity structure and interactions with youth contribute to behavior and leaning.  This webinar will focus on how you can use coaching in your program to help staff develop and implement practices to effectively manage groups.
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Don't Miss the 2018 National Trainer Institute

Don’t miss the 2-day Click2SciencePD National Trainer Institute designed for individuals who want to facilitate engaging and impactful Click2Science professional development workshops with staff or volunteers in out-of-school time programs. Similar to popular Click2Science educator workshops, the Trainer Institute is an interactive, research-based experience where trainers will learn best practices for using and evaluating Click2Science resources. Register now at:

Send Someone from Your Team to the Click2Science Institute

Do you have someone on your team that should be part of the next cohort of certified Click2Science trainers? Having a Click2Science trainer on your team can be a great cost-saver. Get them registered soon for the Click2SciencePD National Trainer Institute in May 22-23, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska.  The early bird deadline is 3/8/18 and there are only 40 openings in this workshop. For more details on the Click2Science Trainer Institute, or to register, visit

Make the Case to attend the Click2SciencePD National Trainer Institute

Would you like to attend the Click2Science National Trainer Institute in Omaha, Nebraska on May 22-23, 2018? Early Bird registration ends 3/8/18 and space is limited.

Do you need to make the case to your organization?

As part of the afterschool ecosystem, we know that budgets are tight and your time is valuable. We’ve gathered information to help you explain the value of attending this important training.  At our site, you will…

- Know the cost of attending the institute
- Know the outcomes
- Explain the benefits to your organization

This Month in Science!

February 11th: Inventor's Day
Learn about inventors and their innovative ideas from GE.  Did you know that snowmobiles, popsicles and braille were all invented by children. Let’s work together to encourage the inventors in our programs. Use #NationalInventors’Day to share on social media. Invent it, Build it is a great resource designed for afterschool program by PBS Design Squad. The recorded webinar Creating a Making and Tinkering Summer will help you be creative with the inventors in your program.

February 18th - 24th: Engineers Week
The youth in your program can Dream Big with Engineers week February 18-24, 2018. The Dream Big activities help youth understand how engineers create better lives for people across the world.  There are great resources you can use to create a Girls Night Out event, or to bring great engineering activities into you program.  Don’t forget to Register for Webinar Wednesday, Becoming an Engineer, on February 14 to prepare for Engineers week. Use #Eweek2018 to share on social media. Learn about cool engineering projects and find great activities to do in your program. Visit Click2sciencePD to see how to connect fun engineering experiences to great careers.

February 22nd: Digital Learning Day
Digital Learning Day is February 22, 2018.  Do you have exciting plans?  If you’re looking for great ideas, visit the Digital Learning Day site. Check out our archived Digital Learning Day webinar from 2015 to get some great ideas from colleagues. The Real-World Application of Skills Learning Module focuses on preparing staff to engage youth in problem solving and working with volunteers in your program.  Use #DLD to share on social media.

February 27th: International Polar Bear Day
Polar bears can reach 9 ft tall and weigh 1400 pounds. Learn more about polar bears at National Geographic Kids. Polar bears are powerful swimmers and use their large front paws, which are slightly webbed, to paddle as they swim. Some polar bears have been seen swimming hundreds of miles from land. They also have traveled great distances by floating on sheets of ice. See how far polar bears travel using the polar bear tracker which shows the actual location of the bear in the Hudson Bay. Use #NationalPolarBearDay to post on social media.

All of February: Career & Technical Education Month
Career and technical education prepare students for high-wage, high-demand careers. Click2Science has great resources to help you understand the unique role afterschool programs have in supporting youth to make connections between STEM learning and STEM Careers. Use #CareerTechEd to share on social media.
Building for the Big One is a great STEM activity to help make connections to careers
. Trying Out Career Roles is a learning module designed to help staff build their skill in this area.  You can use the Connecting Skills to Careers guide to help your staff develop these skills.
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